• Yahoo On the Road: Iggy Azalea Embodies Rags-to-Riches Story in Concert

    Billy Johnson, Jr. at Yahoo On the Road 2 mths ago

      Iggy Azalea placed her many artistic stylings on display Thursday during a one-hour set for Yahoo On the Road at the University of Southern California's Bovard Auditorium in Los Angeles. The "Fancy" rapper brought big-budget stage props to the small college venue, but still managed to make the show feel intimate with revealing song choices, as well as selections that highlighted her rapid-fire rap skills.

    Iggy's song "Work" may not have cracked the top 40, but it will remain one of her most meaningful recordings. The 2013 release tells her story of leaving Australia as a teenager to pursue a career in rap in the U.S. During part of her performance of the song, her dancers knelt by her side as she rapped the lyrics, center stage, making the chorus resonate even more: "No money, no family /16 in the middle of Miami." Elsewhere in the song, she talks scrubbing and sleeping on floors before achieving her dream.

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  • Iggy Azalea

    Yahoo Music at Yahoo On the Road 3 mths ago

    Iggy Azalea will be performing at Bovard Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA on December 4 to conclude the 2014 Yahoo On the Road tour. Watch it live on Yahoo Screen.

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    Following her incredible warm-up single ‘Work’, which amassed over 30 million views on YouTube, hit the top 15 in the iTunes chart, the top 20 in the UK charts and climbed to the A-list at BBC Radio 1, Iggy Azalea is the hottest new female rap star in the game.

    Iggy Azalea’s original cult classic mixtape ‘Ignorant Art’, catapulted her into the limelight in 2011, shortly followed by the 6 track “Glory EP” which featured a track with Mike Posner, BOB and Pusha T. Steve Aoki’s incredible hit “Beat Down” that Iggy featured on made way for her third mixtape ‘Trap Gold’ which dropped at the tail end of 2012. The Trap Gold mixtape highlights Iggy’s unmistakable double-time flows, trap beats and pristine production courtesy of Diplo and FKi.

    Having spent 2012 turning heads and garnering the respect of industry and hip hop heavy-weights Iggy signed a deal with Virgin EMI in the UK and the prestigious Island Def Jam in the US.

  • Icona Pop Says 'I Love It' to Clemson University Crowd, Pulls Them On Stage

    Wendy Geller at Yahoo On the Road 3 mths ago

    "I was dumped, and a mutual friend forced me to go to a party. Caroline was hosting it,' Aino Jawo explains of her first meeting with future bandmate Caroline Hjelt, with whom she described "love at first sight." The pair, of course, went on to rock pop charts with their insanely infectious hit "I Love It." All of this is familiar territory, right?

    Well, what might not be so well known are some of the tidbits the girls dished out before playing a packed hall at Clemson University's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, including some of their--unexpected--musical influences. The artist on their playlist that would most surprise fans? The '80s hitmaker Simply Red (whom they claim to love). The song they most wish they'd written? It's a tie between the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go," or ... wait for it ... Sisqó's 1999 anthem "Thong Song."

    [ Photo gallery: Icona Pop performs for Yahoo On the Road ]

    Spring break came a little early at Clemson, and we love it!

  • #AmpedUp Sweeps: How To Win A Trip To See Icona Pop In Concert

    Yahoo Music at Yahoo On the Road 4 mths ago

    Would you like to win a trip to see Icona Pop? It’s ridiculously easy to enter with the #AmpedUp Sweeps contest. Just follow these instructions:

    1) Follow @YahooOntheRoad on Twitter.

    2) Tweet out the link to this video (https://screen.yahoo.com/on-the-road-screen/ampedup-sweeps-icona-pop-win-183414102.html) along with the hashtags #AmpedUp and #LiveItLive.

    Annnnd that’s it. Yahoo will fly you and a guest round-trip to the show on Friday, November 7 in Clemson, SC, providing a hotel for the night, ground transportation to the concert and VIP tickets. Only one entry per Twitter account. For full rules, visit this page. If you have any questions, reach out to our official On the Road Twitter handle, @YahooOntheRoad.

  • Panic! At the Disco's Brendon Urie on Westboro Feud: 'It Reinvigorated My Hope for the Future'

    Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo On the Road 4 mths ago

    Earlier this year, glam-poppers Panic! At the Disco generated headlines — and tons of community support — when they took on the controversial Westboro Baptist Church. After the homophobic organization announced plans to picket the band's Kansas City show (in protest of frontman Brendon Urie's comments to the press about his "sexual fluidity" and past sexual experimentation), the band struck back, by vowing to donate $20 to the LGBTQ charity Human Rights Campaign for every church member who showed up. When only 13 Westboro picketers actually arrived at the scene, the band simply rounded up their donation to $1,000; they gave 5 percent of that night's merchandise sales to the HRC as well.

    Photos: Panic! At the Disco performs for Yahoo On the Road

    YAHOO MUSIC: What sort of response have you gotten from the whole Westboro feud? Are people mostly supportive?

    Can you talk about any especially great responses you received from fans?

  • Yahoo On the Road: Panic! At the Disco Incites Fandemonium! at the Comerica Theatre

    Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo On the Road 4 mths ago

    "We'd like to thank Yahoo for letting us get up here and f--- around," quipped Panic! At the Disco frontman Brendon Urie, letting loose an impressively high-pitched yodel onstage at Panic's private Yahoo On the Road show in Phoenix Wednesday night. But the lucky 1,800 fans in attendance — many of whom had camped outside the Comerica Theatre since 8 o'clock that morning waiting to get inside — were clearly even more thankful.

    Photos: Panic! At the Disco performs for Yahoo On the Road

    And once the concert kicked off, the adoring audience sang along to every word, whether it was the recent fierce and funky single "Miss Jackson" or the 2005 classic "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies." (During the latter number, the crowd singalong was so unison and so deafening, at one point Brendon surrendered the microphone completely and just let the fans take over.)

    Panic! At the Disco's 70-minute set was as follows:

    Vegas Lights

    Time to Dance

    The Ballad of Mona Lisa

    The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage

    Let's Kill Tonight

  • 'London Queen' Charli XCX Reigns Supreme at Yahoo On the Road Show

    Dave DiMartino at Yahoo On the Road 4 mths ago

    A young artist already very popular, on the crest of much more fame to come: That is Charlotte Emma Aitchison, better known the world over as Charli XCX. But to the fortunate few witnessing her Tuesday night Yahoo On the Road performance, she was the mesmerizing 22-year-old bouncing around onstage and having what appeared to be a very good time indeed.

    Appearing at the Cat's Cradle club in Carrboro, North Carolina — over Chapel Hill way — the young Brit singer and songwriter basically overachieved, offering up the songs for which she is best known — including recent smash "Boom Clap" and the hit collaborations she co-penned for Icona Pop ("I Love It") and Iggy Azalea ("Fancy") — and a number of others equally impressive.

    Even more of interest was the fervent reception the singer was granted by the crowd: They knew (most of) the songs, they loved the energy, and they appeared to know they were watching someone who is already up there but about to get even uppier, and soon.

    Photos: Charli XCX in Concert for Yahoo On the Road

  • Charli XCX Reveals How Lorde Reached Out for 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack

    Yahoo! On the Road at Yahoo On the Road 4 mths ago

    On Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET, Yahoo Live will live stream Charli XCX's Yahoo On the Road concert from the Cat's Cradles in Chapel Hill, NC. Tune in HERE to watch!

    Charli XCX is behind the catchy song "Boom Clap," and now she's gracing the cover of Billboard magazine. The 22-year-old has a rebel anti-pop star vibe, and The Insider With Yahoo correspondent Keltie Knight got some juicy inside info from 2014's breakout star.

    "I don't feel like I fit in at all, but I like that. I don't really want to be like everyone else," Charli said.

    Charli's songs have sold 14 million copies in the past 18 months, and she's not letting anyone tell her what to do. "It's not fun for me to be bossed around by people who are a lot older than me who don't really understand what's going on in my own brain."

  • Twenty One Pilots Flip for Texas A&M, Crowd Flips Right Back

    Wendy Geller at Yahoo On the Road 4 mths ago

    Twenty One Pilot's Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are a duo that seem to be just one of those that are perfect for the college scene: They have an enormous yet still somewhat arcane buzz about them, their music can't be classified easily into one genre, and they're really, really darn infectious to listen to. When the two traveled to Texas A&M University to play the campus as part of Yahoo's On The Road series, it was no surprise that the crowd welcomed them with open arms.

    The duo waxed rhapsodic in a humorous interview preshow with fellow musician/Texan Brandon Hassan, joking about pre-stage rituals involving pickle jars filled with animal blood (we're pretty sure this is all made up), who they'd like to have as a sponsor ("Yahoo, and YooHoo"), and what band they'd love a dream tour with ("This is a really easy question"... sarcasm intended).

    [ Photos: Twenty One Pilots in Concert ]

  • #AmpedUp Sweeps: How To Win A Trip To See Panic! At The Disco In Concert

    Yahoo Music at Yahoo On the Road 4 mths ago

    Would you like to win a trip to see Panic! At The Disco? It’s ridiculously easy to enter with the #AmpedUp Sweeps contest. Just follow these instructions:

    1) Follow @YahooOntheRoad on Twitter.

    2) Tweet out the link to this video (https://screen.yahoo.com/on-the-road-screen/ampedup-sweeps-panic-disco-win-142814627.html) along with the hashtags #AmpedUp and #LiveItLive.

    Annnnd that’s it. Yahoo will fly you and a guest round-trip to the show on Wednesday, October 29, providing a hotel for the night, ground transportation to the concert and VIP tickets. Only one entry per Twitter account. For full rules, visit this page. If you have any questions, reach out to our official On the Road Twitter handle, @YahooOntheRoad.